Also found in: Thesaurus.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.circumlocutious - roundabout and unnecessarily wordycircumlocutious - roundabout and unnecessarily wordy; "had a preference for circumlocutious (or circumlocutory) rather than forthright expression"; "A periphrastic study in a worn-out poetical fashion,/ Leaving one still with the intolerable wrestle/ With words and meanings."-T.S.Eliot; (`ambagious' is archaic)
indirect - extended senses; not direct in manner or language or behavior or action; "making indirect but legitimate inquiries"; "an indirect insult"; "doubtless they had some indirect purpose in mind"; "though his methods are indirect they are not dishonest"; "known as a shady indirect fellow"
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
References in periodicals archive ?
Some critics feel that Ishiguro's prose is circumlocutious and hard to read.
There remains, however, an unresolved aspect surrounding all references to the origin of this damage, which is palpable given the circumlocutious lengths to which she goes in order to evade stating precisely what actually occurred.
What Brown most importantly recognized, albeit in a somewhat circumlocutious way, was that in cycads, conifers and Gnetales, among extant seed plants, the ovules receive pollen directly, whereas in flowering plants the ovule, being enclosed within a carpel, cannot receive pollen, that being the function of the stigma.
In addition to the main protagonists, interwoven into the plot are a number of other interesting and amusing characters including Stuart's dad; a circumlocutious crossword compiler.